Solar and Interplanetary Physics

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Radio Astronomy Centre, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCRA-TIFR), at Ooty, India, is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work on solar and interplanetary physics. The successful candidate will work with P K Manoharan. The project will have a strong emphasis on the solar wind measurements of the inner heliosphere obtained from the Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT). The postdoctoral researcher will participate in designing and planning of  interplanetary scintillation observations using the recently upgraded ORT. Another potential topic for investigation is that of space weather impact of solar wind disturbances. The candidate is expected to be a recent Ph.D. in astrophysics (or a closely related field) with a background in multi-wavelength solar physics and experience in the study of solar eruptive events. Prior knowledge of radio astronomy technique would be an advantage.

Research activities at NCRA-TIFR are centred on low frequency radio astronomy, with faculty members pursuing research in diverse areas of astrophysics (visit NCRA-TIFR operates two large observational facilities, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope and the Ooty Radio Telescope.

Applications containing a curriculum vitae, a research plan, and the names and e-mail addresses of three or more referees should be sent to the Dean, NCRA-TIFR Faculty, at the e-mail address, by April 30, 2016. Applicants should also request their referees to send in recommendation letters by the same deadline. All enquiries should also be made to this e-mail address. All applicants will automatically be considered for all available Post-Doctoral Fellowships at NCRA-TIFR.

The monthly salary of Post-Doctoral Fellows at NCRA-TIFR depends on experience after the doctoral degree. The monthly salary of candidates who join after submitting their doctoral thesis, but without receiving their doctoral degree, is INR 32,000. For candidates who have received their doctoral degrees, the monthly salary ranges from INR 36,000 to INR 40,000. Post-doctoral fellows are also entitled to a contingency grant of INR 32,000 per year. This  positions is tenable for a maximum of 2 years, with continuations subject to a yearly review.

Post-doctoral Fellows at NCRA-TIFR are provided a travel grant of INR 2,00,000 over the course of the fellowship to enable them to travel for international conferences or for research  collaborations. They are also entitled to on-campus housing (subject to availability), or a house rent allowance, and medical coverage under NCRA-TIFR's medical scheme.

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